The Facts About Anxiety

by on February 27th, 2012 at 7:00 am

Anxiety has been around since the beginning of human civilization. However, it was not until recently that so much focus has been put on it. Anxiety is generally characterized by an overwhelming feeling of fear, nervousness and worry. For some anxiety comes and goes; for others it can be a debilitating condition affecting almost every aspect of life. Anxiety before taking a test or a big interview is normal; everyone experiences this kind of worry. It is when the anxiety won’t leave even when you’re at home when it becomes a problem. Anxiety can manifest itself in many different forms.

The most common types of anxiety include:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder – This type of anxiety affects around 6.8 million people in the US alone. It is characterized by constant tension and worry. The afflicted person will experience this worry for an extended period of time.

Symptoms can includeperspiration, concentration problems, trouble sleeping, headaches, and irritability.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD as it is commonly known, affects around 2.2 million people, and is considered one of the most physical and mentally demanding forms of anxiety. Someone suffering from this type of anxiety disorder will experience compulsion in varying degrees. Some people might have to count every step they make, while others might obsessively wash their hands. This form of anxiety can be the most debilitating; it usually starts at a young age and may last throughout a person’s lifetime.

 

  • Panic Disorder – Panic disorders are characterized by frequent panic attacks, which can leave the victim with extreme feelings of fear and even self-pity. These attacks are generally brought out in the face of stress.

 

Symptoms can include – sweating, sudden fear, dizziness, nausea, numbness in the body, shortness of breath, and trembling.

Without proper help, anxiety can start to harm you physically, such as leading to high blood pressure and heart disease.  If you experience any of these symptoms mentioned above, it is advised to see you doctor immediately.

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